Progressive blogger, author, and political consultant Glenn W. Smith discusses Rick Perry's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination -- with topics ranging from Perry's legendary vanity to the myth of his alleged "Texas Miracle." Smith, a former reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, has covered and worked around Rick Perry since the 1980s. Smith, who created the Dog Canyon website and also blogs at Firedoglake and The Huffington Post, ran Ann Richards' successful campaign for governor of Texas and worked for Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. Smith regularly appears as a political analyst on national media. This podcast also includes a segment with Allan Campbell of KOOP's People United discussing Rick Perry's candidacy with the Texas Observer's Abby Rapoport and Forrest Wilder. (KOOP fundraising pitching and underwriting announcements have been edited out of this podcast.) Running time with both segments is 59:08. Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer; engineer and co-producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio is produced at the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project.